La Marmotte is the world’s most famous cyclosportive event. The route takes you over four mountains in the French Alps: the Col du Glandon, the Col du Télégraphe, the Col du Galibier and Alpe d’Huez. Take on the challenge and climb them one by one. The Col du Glandon (1924 m) from the west is the first major climb of La Marmotte. It is also used frequently in the Tour de France. Starting with a nice flat warm up the climb hits you in steps with plenty of places to catch your breath. The ride features lakes, dams, forests and a mountain top valley that is reminiscent of the Scottish Highlands. You take on the main bulk of the descending after the climb before starting part 2 of La Marmotte. The Glandon was included in the Tour de France for the first time in 1947. Among the riders who crested its summit first are Louison Bobet, Fausto Coppi, Lucien Van Impe, Steven Rooks, Thierry Claveyrolat, Richard Virenque, Gilberto Simoni and Ryder Hesjedal.
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